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Two Palestinians shot dead in West Bank, Jerusalem: Israel

It was the second violent incident on Friday, after a 28-year-old man was shot dead in Jerusalem while allegedly attempting to stab police officers.

AFP , Friday 16 Sep 2016
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Two Palestinians rammed a car into a bus stop used by Israelis in the occupied West Bank on Friday, causing injuries before troops killed one of the assailants, the occupation army claimed.

The attack came shortly after Israeli occupation police said they shot dead a Palestinian who tried to stab police officers in annexed east Jerusalem.

"Two assailants rammed a vehicle into a civilian bus stop at the Elias junction near the community of Kiryat Arba," the Israeli military said in a statement.

It said three people were wounded.

"Forces at the scene fired at the vehicle resulting in the death of one of the assailants while the other was wounded," the army said.

The Palestinian health ministry identified the dead suspect as Fares Khadour.

Kiryat Arba is an Israeli settlement in the southern West Bank close to the flashpoint Palestinian city of Hebron.

It was the second violent incident on Friday, after a 28-year-old man was shot dead in Jerusalem while allegedly attempting to stab police officers.

That attack came at the Damascus Gate entrance to east Jerusalem's tourist-heavy Old City, the main entrance for Palestinians.

Since the start of October, Israeli occupation forces have killed at least 226 Palestinians. Meanwhile, almost daily stabbings, shootings and car-ramming attacks by frustrated and unarmed Palestinians have killed 34 Israelis and a US citizen.

The current wave of protests by Palestinians and repression by Israeli occupation forces started in July 2015 when toddler Ali Dawabsha was burned to death and three other Palestinians were severely injured after their house in the occupied West Bank was set on fire by Israeli settlers.

Settlement-building, racial discrimination, confiscation of identity cards, long queues at checkpoints, as well as daily clashes and the desecration of Al-Aqsa mosque, describe Palestinians' daily suffering.

The anger of Palestinian residents of Jerusalem has increased in the last three years after the Israeli authorities allowed increasing numbers of Jewish settlers to storm the Al-Aqsa mosque.

The surge in violence has been fuelled by Palestinians' frustration over Israel's 48-year occupation of land they seek for an independent state, and the expansion of settlements in those territories which were captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war.

Palestinian leaders say a younger generation sees no hope for the future living under Israeli security restrictions and with a stifled economy. The latest round of U.S.-brokered peace talks collapsed in April 2014.

*This article was edited by Ahram Online.

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